Thursday, December 20, 2007

Animal Law - Tonight

Thursday December 20, 2007
Time: 9:00 PM

The Note
1565 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois


Animal Law

Bruce Lamont (of Yakuza)

Lord of the Yum-Yum

Folk and Violence

Animal Law is what happens when five guys who primarily operate within the experimental, noise, and avant-garde rock scenes (Geoff Guy of Sexual Freedom, ex-Gays in the Military; Blake Edwards of Vertonen, Crippled Insectual; Dylan Posa ex-Cheer Accident, ex-The Flying Luttenbachers, ex-Bobby Conn; Jason Soliday of I Love Presets, Coeurl, Gunshop, Mora; and Mark Solotroff of BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, ex-Intrinsic Action), combine forces to play some form of laboriously slow, heavy metal dirge. While the band may cringe at the use of comparisons, references have already been made to (early) Swans, Khanate, Bauhaus, Harvey Milk, The Goslings, My Bloody Valentine, Flipper, Saccharine Trust, Einsturzende Neubauten, etc.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Newcastle, and such...

Tuesday November 27

So, after a good night's sleep and a nice shower at Al's --- I was washing when the cabinet came away from the kitchen wall... fuck! --- James and I piled into the back seat of Lee's estate car (a station wagon, to us) - with Nicola - and we headed to Newcastle. Here is where we must publicly thank Lee, George, and Nicola, for kindly allowing us to hijack their tour... We stopped at Lee's place, across the Tyne, in Gateshead. While Lee and George sorted out additional amps, etc., for that night's gig, Nicola, James, and I, walked around the neighborhood, looking for a place to eat. We ended up at THE BIG FISH... I think maybe an Egyptian-run fish and chips place... where for a bit more that 2.50 Pounds, I got a massive Styrofoam takeaway container filled with a mountain of chips, covered by a mountain of kebab meat (doner), covered by a mountain of red chili sauce --- advertised as a "reasonable" amount. This was a gut buster... I finished it that day... but not the next...

That night's show was at the Chillingham Arms, a pretty nice pub and restaurant, in Newcastle. Lee did a great job getting it set up, promoted, etc. We played upstairs, in a private function room. What can I tell you? It was a chilly night. The crowd grew to be quite solid. Total sausage party. The lovely gentlemen from Blythe drove down. We met a lot of really nice guys - and we finally met the increasingly legendary Noisebastard.

Brothers Yemen opened the night with a lot of gear set up on the floor, and performed a carefully constructed set that veered closer to drone than noise... an excellent start to the night. Seppuku were up next, and rather than repeat the more doom-metal based set from the night before, the band launched into a far different type of assault, with Al literally launching himself into the audience, across some tables that were strewn with pint glasses, sending glass shattering all over the place. It was over before we knew it. Amazing! Who cleaned up all of the glass? The Blythe boys. Very good of them.

Inseminoid issued another great set that night... not resting on their laurels from the night before... and likewise, the Fecalove set seemed to up the ante a bit, from Glasgow.

Our set was - yet again - very loud! Thanks, Lee! During our performance, Noisebastard had a good mosh/roll around with another guy... I momentarily jumped in, then thought the better of it... I also witnessed him spray/inhale ASDA-brand knock of Lynx body spray. Wow.

We finished off the night by grabbing some pizza at an Indian takeaway and heading back to Lee's place in Gateshead.

Brothers Yemen:
(I could not find a site for them)

More to come...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

More on the U.K. tour - Glasgow, revisited

Sorry about running out of steam back there... we had less Internet access - or interest in sitting in net cafes, after a few days --- then I got home, my cable was down for the best part of four days... and I came down with some nasty bronchitis... then I jumped into an intense work project.

While it is probably a bad idea to try to recapture the moment, I suppose that I will try to type a few things.

So, yeah, Glasgow - The 13th Note - was a cool show, with Messiah Complex starting the night with some pretty brutal "European" style power-electronics. The best reference that I can make is probably Control.

Seppuku came on next, and we learned that this incarnation of the band was a bit rare... more of a heavy doom meets noise thing. Definitely one of my favorite sets of the tour... and Al was mental as a front man... but only hinting at what was in-store for Newcastle.

We also had our first taste of Inseminoid that night... Lee Stokoe (Culver, Mazuraan, etc.) and George Proctor (Mutant Ape/Turgid Animal...) teaming up to do dark, heavy noise that mutated before our eyes at each succeeding show... the one consistent element was the duo being lit by a skull candle every night... and some top-of-the-charts girl-pop blasting out as they finished their set and broke down their gear.

And, finally, night one (of five) of Fecalove... with Nicola (Turgid Animal Italian Division...) introducing us to this wonderful hybrid of piercing noise and lovely Italian power-electronics... and sick sex.

The sound guy had us cranked up really nicely for the size of the subterranean live room. Everyone was pretty loud and extreme that night, come to think of it. It was nice to see even a couple of familiar faces from Saturday's Edinburgh show, too.

So, yeah, Glasgow was a great indication of what was to come.

The 13th Note:

Messiah Complex:
At War With False Noise:
Mutant Ape:
Turgid Animal:

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Status 12/16

I did a Post Office run yesterday. All eBay auctions and mail-orders are up to date.

I saw two shows last night: The first was Pukers, Binges, Treetops, and Druids of Huge, at Enemy. There was a pretty nice crowd for such a crappy, snowy night, and it was great to see a bunch of friends there, as it was my first real night out, post-U.K. and post-bronchitis. Pukers win an award for driving from Minneapolis yesterday. Holy fuck!!! It was an extremely enjoyable show, and it ended early enough for me to get to the RRIICCEE show at Schubas. Thanks to our friend Fabrice for the hook up there... the show had sold out really quickly. Schubas had weird seating set up, so it was a more serious listening affair... And honestly, it was one of the best shows that I have seen all year. A bit less "cute" than Vincent Gallo's "When" album... fairly prog... and in mood, it even reminded me of the Ilitch "10 Suicides" album, at times.